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Sunday Sunday Sunday: Long Distance Duathlon Worlds set for Switzerland

Posted Sep 01 2011 3:55pm


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Thirty age-groupers and a trio of elites will represent the United States at Sunday's ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland.

Held for the first time since 2008, the event features a 10-kilometer run, followed by a 150-kilometer bike and a 30-kilometer run for elite and age group athletes.

Representing the U.S. in the men's elite event will be Josh Beck (Carlisk, Pa.), Ryan Rau (Brighton, Mich.) and Maciej Kurka (Chicago, Ill.). Rau earned a silver medal in the 25-29 age group at the 2007 ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championship. Visit for a complete start list.

Team USA features 30 top age-groupers who qualified for the event based on their performances at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championships. Five recent age group national champions will don the red, white and blue this weekend
· Clarence Butz (50-54, Berkeley, Calif., 2009 national champion)
· Brady Gibney (30-34, Philadelphia, Pa., 2011 national champion)
· Dennis Kasischke (65-69, Laughlin, Nev., 2009 national champion)
· Rick Schulte (18-19, Fort Collins, Colo., 2010 national champion)
· Helen Zurek (40-44, Long Beach, Calif., 2009 national champion)

Team USA is comprised of amateur athletes who represent the United States at each ITU world championship event.

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